Hello, I am @jrberendzen on Twitter and this is one of my free agent interviews where I ask very deserving free agents questions about the players themselves and about what a team would get in these players. All of these players should get picked up by NFL, CFL, and XFL teams and get a shot at being a career football player. So I hope you all read this interview on Trevin and follow his journey on Twitter @TrevinPafa
1.What has been your biggest challenge in life?
It would be hard to name just one. Coming from a place where not many people make it to the next level. I had to wake up every morning and keep grinding even when It seemed there was no hope and people were just waiting for you to fail. Also I would have to say my best friend passing away right before my freshman year of JUCO. Shortly after anxiety/depression hit. Not many athletes speak about it but it’s a real thing.
2. What is your favorite workout?
Weight room wise it doesn’t matter to me, long as the atmosphere and intensity is through the roof. I’m used to lifting on my own so when ever I get to lift with a group of people that are yelling at me and blasting the music I like that for a change. Field wise I like anything that I can clearly see how it correlates to the game so I’m not running wild just trying to complete the drill. I can actually visualize it benefiting me on the field.
3.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?
Have fun and win every play. Not just scoring TD’s but making a critical block or being a great decoy so you can set your teammate up for a big play.
4.Rank focus,footwork and skill based on what is most important to you as a football player and explain why?
Focus first because if you are not focused you have no business playing the game. Secondly footwork because if your feet are not under you it can lead to very big mistakes or if you have good feet it can change a play. As you could guess skill is last because skill can always be out worked!
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5.What is your favorite stadium that you have played in?
I would have to say St. Cloud State University’s field. We played there in JUCO for our State Championship game and you know playing in JUCO you usually are not playing at the nicest facilities.
6.What do you hope to achieve as a football player going forward?
I would like to inspire the youth and play the game as long as possible. I love the game and I hope I can play it very long time. In the end many would think the NFL, CFL, XFL etc.. would be the goal. While I would love that opportunity, if it never comes to me I would just like to make sure I’m happy with my my life and hope that it still involves football.
7.What are your favorite moments from your football life?
Some of my favorite moments are; Stepping off the plane into Europe and realizing the game of football really took me across the world, In my first pro game last year I scored my first touchdown and was able to sign autographs after the game which is something I always dreamed of doing, on my birthday last year I had a game and was gifted a collage of me and a handmade card of me from a kid that always came to our games and lastly I would have to say last year when I traveled to Africa to teach people the game of football. I was in shock I had created a platform for myself to be invited to do something like that.
8.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?
I played football when I was younger and always loved it but stopped playing once I got to high school. I guess because I had played football, baseball, and basketball year around my whole life I started to get a little burnt out and one had to go. I started playing again my junior year and I was awarded All State honors my first year back playing. I decided to stick with football In college because it just came a bit more natural. So if I knew if I put that extra hard work into it like I did basketball and baseball I could potentially go somewhere with it.
9.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?
I know it may sound generic but first I would say OBJ. I think he has a lot to learn from. Not just on the field but off the field. I once watched his Facebook series and felt like I could relate to a lot of the things he was saying. I know some people don’t think he is the best role model but I think he’s just misunderstood which is how I feel myself a lot of times. Also guys like Larry Fitzgerald and Chad Johnson. Larry is just someone you can’t possibly speak bad about and Chad is someone you can really tell that has FUN playing the game.
10.What would a team get in a player like you?
A complete hard-working athlete that has takeover ability and is a team player. I absolutely love seeing my teammates succeed. If you have every seen me play I’m usually the first one there to celebrate with my teammates when they score a TD!
11.If your life was a TV show what would you call it and why?
I would call it “The Path Less Traveled.” It would be about my journey from a town that not many make it to the next level for sports. Starting at my first year playing football in HS and sending out my tapes day and night to colleges. Going JUCO and getting injured, redshirted, and transferring to another JUCO. Starting at my second JUCO and going to the state championship and a bowl game. Signing to a 4yr College after and eventually inking my Pro Deal to go overseas. It would be real interesting to see everything that went into my whole journey!
12. What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?
I bring a high and good energy. When my teammates or me succeed I will let you know! I feel like I’m definitely somebody would like to have as a teammate.